Butorac Advances To Doubles Final 23 Jan 14

Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Eric Butorac ’03 has advanced to the finals of the men’s doubles draw at the Australian Open, which is being played in Melbourne. The Australian Open is the first of four major tournaments on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) calendar.

Butorac and his doubles partner Raven Klaasen of South Africa advanced to the finals with a straight set 6-2, 6-4 victory over the No. 8 seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic on Thursday afternoon (Wednesday evening in the United States).

Butorac and Klaasen will either face the No. 14 seeded pair of Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt or the No. 13 seeded duo of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut, in the men’s doubles final. The men’s doubles final is tentatively scheduled for Saturday night in Melbourne (early Friday morning in the United States). This will be the first Grand Slam final for Butorac in his 11-year professional career.